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Basic Black: Activism, Artistry, and Assumptions

October 2, 2015

This week on Basic Black: has the tide turned against the Black Lives Matter movement or does the traction of their activism and message remain strong? We’ll look at the current state of the movement and its detractors.  Also, Viola Davis’ history-making Emmy win for Best Actress in a Drama Series.  We close the show with our online conversation to ask the question: Do law enforcement and journalists need a new understanding of what it means to be in a “gang?”

Panelists:
- Callie Crossley, Host, Under the Radar with Callie Crossley, WGBH News
- Phillip Martin, Senior Reporter, WGBH News
- Peniel Joseph, Professor of History, Tufts University
- Pamela Lightsey, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning, Boston University
- Sarah Jackson, Assistant Professor, Communication Studies, Northeastern University
 

Marissa Johnson, left, speaks as Mara Jacqueline Willaford holds her fist overhead and Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., stands nearby as the two women take over the microphone at a rally Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, in downtown Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)